# 2. Create a scatter plot (FP)

teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Content.8.SP.A.1 http://corestandards.org/Math/Content/8/SP/A/1
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP5 http://corestandards.org/Math/Practice/MP5

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Lesson objective: Create a scatter plot by identifying the dependent and independent variables.

This lesson helps to build procedural skill with creating scatter plots. A scatter plot is used here because it supports finding patterns of association between variables. This work develops students' understanding that patterns may emerge when bivariate data are displayed in a scatter plot.

Students engage in Mathematical Practice 5 (Use appropriate tools strategically) as they create a scatter plot using first a quadrant coordinate plane and identifying the dependent and independent variables.

Key vocabulary:

• consistent scale
• dependent variable
• independent variable
• scale break
• scatter plot
• x-axis
• y-axis

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